The council (and central government) dictate rules and constraints for owners all the time. Things like the City and Regional Plans define a lot of what an owner can do.
For instance, in a residential area you can’t cover your entire property with your house. Some has to be left as open space which you can then use as creatively or boringly as you like.
The reason they do this is the same is the rest of the city. If they create a nice, interesting living environment for people then more folks are likely to want to move here or stay here and they then in turn earn more rates to pay for the upkeep etc.
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